I work in recruitment. As such, I’m a recruitment consultant. Seems simple, right? Well, apparently not!
As I wade through various social media platforms I’m faced with increasingly imaginative, confusing (and often hilarious!) variations of this job title as people try to disassociate themselves with the ‘recruitment consultant’ job title.
I’m not a Sourcing Advisor, I certainly won’t be updating my profile to read Talent Identification Guru, and I’d never be able to keep a straight face while introducing myself as a Global Supplier Relationship & Careers Architect. No, I’m a Recruiter.
Now, ignore the critics – being a recruiter is a very respectable occupation. We don’t need to hide behind funky labels. Recruiters should be proud of the work they do! And let’s face it; it’s a pretty awesome job. Don’t believe me?
Here are 4 reasons why I think being a recruitment consultant is one of the best jobs in town…
1 – THE PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
As a recruitment consultant you have the opportunity to really make your mark in the professional world. You will create an extensive network of industry influencers and gain in-depth knowledge of their businesses. From the conversations you will have on a daily basis you’ll build your technical knowledge too, learning to speak the language of your clients and candidates. This in turn will increase your credibility and further strengthen your place in their community.
Better still, your personal employability and job searching skills will be honed to incredible levels – knowing ‘the game’ helps you identify career opportunities for you, your family and your friends, and can really take the stress out of changing jobs when the time comes to move on.
2 – THE PERSONAL GROWTH
Recruiters harbour tremendous communication and interpersonal skills. We are masters of building and maintaining relationships, and our influencing and negotiating abilities are top drawer. Daily interactions with a diverse range people will do that to you. Having the opportunity to hear so many stories also gives you a great cultural awareness and a privileged perspective on life.
As a recruitment consultant, I guarantee that your confidence will skyrocket. Yes, picking up the phone for the first time might be daunting but before you realise it you’ll be striding boldly into client meetings, tackling curveballs and thinking on your feet whilst others are still quivering in the periphery. How sure am I that this will be the case? I’m confident.
3 – THE JOB SATISFACTION
Recruitment is without a doubt a very satisfying occupation. You’ll face challenges and obstacles that only a recruiter can understand, and when you overcome them you’ll celebrate in ways that only recruiters can celebrate. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know some amazing people, build teams for some remarkable companies, and the introductions you make could ultimately impact entire industries. Awesome, right?!
But as there’s no avoiding the elephant in the market…I have to acknowledge that there are some absolute cowboys out there who take a questionable approach to recruitment in order to make a quick buck. It pains me to admit that, but it’s true. However, these shortcutting snollygosters seem to overlook the truly positive impact recruitment can have – we’re literally changing people’s lives for the better! That’s a wonderful thing, and far more important than squeezing every penny out of a customer. Trust me, the feeling of satisfaction you get when a candidate sends you a handwritten thank you card is second to none.
4 – THE EXCITEMENT
Unlike many other professionals, recruiters are faced with great responsibility and opportunity early on in their careers. From the word ‘go’ you could be working with people from all over the world, with household names and industry leaders. Even in a junior role you can get airtime with CEOs, upper management and decision makers.
Then there’s building and owning your own market, being personally accountable for your work, and starting your own team – in recruitment these things are all realistic goals to have. It’s very much a system which rewards effort – the more you put in, the more you get out of it. Combine this with the fact the work is infinitely varied and constantly changing to keep up with new technologies and trends and you have a very exciting career in front of you.
AN HONOURABLE MENTION…
Okay, this list was never going to be complete without a shout-out to the financial perks. With uncapped income across generous commission structures, the potential earnings are genuinely incredible. I’m not suggesting that two years into the job you’ll be shopping around for that island in the Bahamas you’ve always dreamed of, but when the right amount of effort is applied, a job in recruitment is one of the most lucrative you can have.
Then there are the corporate events, the lunch clubs, company trips, and many other benefits and incentives which provide the icing on the recruitment cake. And trust me, it’s a very moreish cake.
COME WORK WITH US?
If you’d like to know more about working in recruitment then please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 01189 769305. I’m currently hiring for our internal team and would be happy to discuss your place at IC Resources.
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